Biosciences Seminar Series - Winter 2016
17 March 2016 - 1pm - Zoology Museum
a driving force in the evolution of cooperation and punishment
Although harming others is typically expected to result in reputation costs, there might nevertheless be scenarios where harming others actually improves an individual's reputation. I will present a conceptual framework and empirical evidence to describe when harmful actions result in reputation gains to the actor - and offer an evolutionary explanation as to why.
Ultimately I will argue that reputation offers a powerful incentive for both helping and punishing in nature.
Hope to see many of you - everyone most welcome to attend!